Book Review – Who Needs Theology?

Who Needs Theology?: An Invitation to the Study of God

By Stanley J. Grenz, Roger E. Olson

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #15830 in Books
  • Published on: 1996-09
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 150 pages

Book Overview

To many Christians theology is something alien, overly intellectual and wholly unappealing. Even seminary students are known to balk at the prospect of a course on theology. Yet theology–most simply, the knowledge of God–is essential to the life and health of the church.In this short introduction, Stanley Grenz and Roger Olson, two theologians who care deeply about the witness of ordinary Christians and the ministry of the church, show what theology is, what tools theology uses, why every believer (advanced degrees or not) is a theologian and how the theological enterprise can be productive and satisfying. Their clear, easily understood book is ideal for students, church study groups and individual Christians who want to strengthen understanding, belief and commitment by coming to know God more fully.



  1. Everyone is a Theologian
  2. Not all Theologies are equal
  3. Defining Theology
  4. Defending Theology
  5. Theology’s Tasks & Tradition
  6. The Theologians Tools
  7. Constructing Theology in Context
  8. Bringing Theology into Life
  9. An Invitation to Engage in Theology

Book Reaction:

Excellent Introductory to Theology.  The authors do a great job of guiding you through the misconceptions of Theology, and help you to formulate a framework in which theology should be done.  They stress that everyone to some degree or another is a theologian.  According to the authors:

I detected that behind the fear was a misconception of theologian as an awesome creature who thinks deep and disturbing thoughts that very few people can understand…A misconception is growing among Christians that a great gulf exists between ordinary Christians and theologians.  For some that perceived gap creates fear; for others it creates suspicion and resentment.  We want to close the gap by showing that everyone-especially every Christian-is a theologian and that every professional theologian is simply a Christian whose vocation is to do what all Christians do in some way: think and teach about God.

They state that:

a proper basic time honored definition of Christian Theology is “faith seeking understanding

Thus the motivation for the subheading of our blog.

Over the next few weeks I plan to disect various chapters as I really enjoyed this book and would like to share my thoughts and conclusions.


2 thoughts on “Book Review – Who Needs Theology?

  1. Sam,

    Yes as a matter of fact I am, that and a couple of other books. His book on Questions, and JP Moreland’s book on “Love God with all your mind”

    I am glad you found your way over here. I just noticed that I overlooked your blog, I will be adding it to my blogroll.

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